Machu Picchu is a fifteenth century Incan city with spectacular, beautiful, and breath-taking scenery, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The ruins are situated in the region of Cusco at an altitude of 2,430 metres / 7,970 feet above sea level, and remain a shining symbol of Inca civilization and culture. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti.
The Inka Jungle Tour is a trek which combines adventure sports such as mountain biking, rafting, ziplining and hiking over a 4 day route, ending at Machupicchu and Huaynapicchu.
The Inka Jungle Trek is the preferred tour for young people from all over the world who come to Cusco in search of adventure and extreme sports. As a Tour Operator in Cusco we offer a specialized service, with an exclusive route, qualified guides (fluent in English, and with vast local knowledge), high quality downhill mountain bikes, and the safest options for rafting and ziplining. We recommend our clients to reserve their tour in advance in order to confirm all their activities and avoid unnecessary risks such as unavailability of equipment, access to Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, or even worse be stranded in Aguas Calientes without a return train ticket.
DAY 1: CUSCO - HUAMAN MARCA - SANTA MARIA
Downhill mountainbike Cusco to Santa Maria
You will be picked up at approximately 6:30 am. You will be driven through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas and dropped off at the 4,316 m. at the highest point of the trail, at Abra Malaga. Here you will change into bikes and biking kit provided (gloves and helmet) and receive a 20 minutes briefing by your tour guide. Then the fun commences¦ freewheeling down quiet but challenging roads, past changing landscapes, you will not want to catch your breath until the first picnic stop in Alfamayo San Luis, three hours from your starting point. Here you will enjoy your lunch, while taking in the panoramic view. After a quick change and a dab of insect repellent, it’s onwards and downwards towards Huamanmarca, Archeaological Inca recently discovered, where your tour guide will provide you with the historical background. You will then carry on descending to 1500 meters, where the edge of jungle meets the small but charming town of Santa Maria. Here you can buy a snack or just rest your legs and enjoy a cold beer before a dinner of traditional Peruvian food. Accommodation is provided in the form of a basic, family run hostel with either single, double or triple rooms.
Optional additional activities
Rafting is another exciting possibility: Cost US$ 40.00 pp.
DAY 2: SANTA MARIA - SANTA TERESA
Trekking Santa Maria – Santa Teresa
You will wake up at around 6.30 am and enjoy the finest indigenous coffee. Then you will begin your walk which gets progressively steeper, until arriving at a family restaurant in Santa Rosa where you can relax in hammocks admiring the coca plantations and receive refreshments while being entertained by the monkeys. After a short walk you will reach a traditional Inca Trail, which winds around slopes and drops for approximately half a mile. The descent continues for just over two hours until you reach Qellomayo, a small town, where you will have lunch. From Qellomayo it is a short walk beside the Rio Vilcanota until reaching the famous hot springs of Colcamayo. Here you can enjoy the hot springs and relax your muscles in these natural settings. After wading in the hot springs you will carry on to Santa Teresa where you will spend the night in a hostel.
DAY 3: SANTA TERESA - HYDROELECTRICA - AGUAS CALIENTES
Trekking Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes
You will wake up and have breakfast at around 7 am. After breakfast you will walk to Colpani with amazing views until you reach the restaurant where you will have lunch at Hidroelectrica. From here it is only about a two and a half hours walk to Aguas Calientes, the base town for Machu Picchu. Included is dinner at a local restaurant before retiring to your hostel with hot water and private bathrooms.
Optional additional activities
Canopy Zip Lines. Approximately 15 minutes from Santa Teresa. Duration roughly 2 hours. Price US$ 60.00 pp.
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU!!!
You will take our breakfast, very early in the morning. Than we start our last day by climbing up to the entrance of the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Avoiding the crowds, you will be one of the first visitors of the day. Your bilingual tour guide will take you around the vast ruins for about 3hrs, comprehensively explaining its historical significance and place in the Inca Empire. After this you have some free time to wander around. Machu Picchu is the best known of the Inca ruins, as it is recognized worldwide yet it is not mentioned in any of the writings of the Spanish Conquistadors. It is believed to have been constructed around the mid-15th century and was rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911. The guided tour of this fascinating place is an unforgettable experience.
Visit the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the excursion you can hike up the mountain behind Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu where you will have stunning views over the whole complex! However there are only 400 persons per day allowed, therefore you must let us know in advance. This, we have to book it when we reserve your tour tour and has a cost of US$ 60.00 plus. Due Huayna Pucchu is very fast oversold, we are offering Machu Picchu Mountain as a second optional climbing. The adventage of this hike is that its less crowed, but not less beautiful. The cost fot this climb are also US$ 60.00 per person.
Optional unguided walks include Inti Punku, the SUN GATE the traditional end of the Inca Trail, duration 45 min. and the Inca Bridge, duration 1 hr. Otherwise simply relax and take in the inspiring atmosphere. After your free time you can walk down to the town of Aguas Calientes for a late lunch or a dip in the hot springs (not included). In the afternoon you take the train back. A frequent bus service takes visitors back to Aguas Calientes, where you will catch the train to Ollantaytambo (sometimes subject to Peru Rail availability the train can be at 18:45 at 21:30h) and then the tourist bus on to Cusco.
- Pre-departure inka jungle briefing at Hotel or Office *Give us details of the place you are going to stay in cusco please.
- Professional Quechua Spanish and English speaking inka jungle trail tour guide.
- Collection from your hotel (we pick you up where you are staying from) from 6:00am).
- Private Transportation Van Cusco – Abra Malaga – Amaybamba or Santa Maria (first camping spot) NOTE The Private Van will accompany you. if somebody gets tired can take the van to santa maria *first camping spot only , then the Van will bring all bikes back to cusco.
- Tourist train (inca rail or expedition) back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (2 hours aprox.) and then bus back to Cusco(1 and half hours aprox).
- Entrance fee to Machu picchu.
- Local Transportation santa teresa to Lucmabamba 1 hour (3rd day).
- Food: *3 breakfasts,3 lunches, and 3 dinners.
- Mountain full suspension Bike ,Helmet and gloves.
- 3 nights accommodation in a hostel santa maria, santa teresa & aguas calientes.
- Transfer train or bus station-hotel in Cusco.
- First Aid kit.
- Free Luggage storage. When you go on the trek it is best to leave any luggage that you are not going to need behind in Cusco. Nearly all the hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in their safe. Very rarely do hotels charge for this service especially if you are returning to the same hotel after the trek. If there are any problems with your hotel we can arrange to store your luggage at our Pacha Perú office.
DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Breakfast on the first morning (ask at your hotel) and lunch day 4.
- Entrance to the hot springs water Santa Teresa / Colcalmayo 15 soles or Aguas Calientes 10 soles(click here to see hot springs).
- Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu (optional/ instead of walking) ( one way US$15 and you can Buy it at the Aguas Calientes bus station) aguas calientes to Machupicchu.
- Bus down tickets from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes town US$ 15 one way.
- Travel and health insurance.(bring copies with you please): Pacha Perú highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment. Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING ON INCA JUNGLE TRAIL:
- Original passport and copies (and Student card (ISIC) green card if you are student ). Note ( you have to bring your student card to machu picchu because you are going to be required to show at the Machupicchu control point.
- Travel Insurance card is essential.
- Sleeping bag (not included).
- Hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors ).
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho.
- Sun hat and gloves.
- T-shirts / shirts.
- Comfortable hiking zip off trousers.
- Rain pants.
- Bathing suit (for hot springs in Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes).
- Sun protection cream ( factor 25 recommended ).
- Insect Repellent ( for mosquitos )15 % of deet at least.
- Water bottle.
- Water purifying tablets (Micropur recommended).
- Toilet paper and wet wipes.
- Personal medication.
- Camera and films.
- Torch with spare batteries (flashlight) we recommend headlights.
- Extra contribution suggested in soles money for tipping porters, cook and guide. and for any emergency.
OPTIONAL ITEMS TO BRING ON INKA JUNGLE:
- Short pants , Plaster and bandages
- Walking poles (with rubber tips) they can also be hired from us
NOTE: walking poles are not allowed into machu picchu city
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